First of all, I apologize to anyone that regularly checks and/or follows Commander Shenanagins. As you are undoubtedly aware, I haven’t posted a new article in quite a while. I have been attempting to be a better employee at work, and as such I have had less time to write my articles. I hope to get into a system where I set aside time at home to write, but I haven’t gotten there yet. With the holidays it is unlikely that I will get any substantial article posted until the new year.
I have a few minutes, so I’ll give a brief account of my current Commander goings-on. I built the Karona, False God deck that we discussed in my episode of Commander Cast, and sadly she did not perform well. Unfortunately the player seated just after me was playing Ghave, Guru of Spores and was able to use and sacrifice Karona before she got around the table to anyone else. I also realized that another player has a pet deck that is tribal Elf. Not the best person to give a universal pumper to. I changed the deck somewhat and made it into a Horde of Notions deck, but it didn’t perform incredibly well either. Of course, it was built as a Karona deck, so it wasn’t really tuned for it’s new general. I’m not really “feeling” Horde of Notions, though I love their podcast, so I’ll probably dismantle it.
I keep trying my Rakdos, Lord of Riots deck as well, but I am not too happy with how it works either. I will probably play it a few more times to see if there are any cards I can add or remove to improve it, or if it is the way I play it that could be improved… but it is not on my favorites list after the few plays I’ve given it so far.
Definitely on my favorites list is my Ghave deck. This past game night I played Ghave again for the first time in a month or so, and I am continually impressed with how well the deck works. Here’s a quick report of my latest game with Ghave. It was the last game of the night. I was playing Ghave, Opponent 1 was playing The Mimeoplasm, Opponent 2 was playing Dakkon Blackblade, and Opponent 3 was playing Tetsuo Umezawa. I started the game out ok. I had a Bloom Tender on turn 2 which is typically a bad omen for me, she tends to get killed right away, but this one stuck! I soon had a Corpsejack Menace followed by Ghave, then a Cathar’s Crusade! This is a brutal combination as I can spend one mana to take a counter off Ghave and make a saproling, which thanks to the Cathar’s Crusade gives every creature a +1/+1 counter. Thanks to Corpsejack Menace this gives every creature two +1/+1 counters! This means that Ghave actually gains a counter to make a saproling!!! About this time Dakkon scoops because he is getting tired and he sees where the game is going. Then I drop a small Primordial Hydra. Within a few turns it was massive (about 60/60 I think) and I destroyed the other two players with little problem. I did get lucky in a few things. Tetsuo was playing a lot of clone effects and could have taken out Ghave pretty easily, but he didn’t, and that was definitely to my benefit.
Well, thank you for reading, and again I apologize for the lack of content lately. I will strive to keep up in the new year.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone! May your stockings be stuffed with booster packs!